Paedophile priest now works in Ooty
New Delhi: A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota is working in the office of the bishop of Ooty.On Monday,he denied the allegation and said he has no plans to return to the US to face the courts.
It is a false accusation against me.I do not know that girl at all, said Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul,who allegedly threatened to kill the girls family,and forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004,at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush,Minnesota,where he worked.
When Jeyapaul returned to India in 2005,the bishop of Ooty,Rev A Almaraj,sent him to a monastery for a year of prayer.The Vatican was alerted,but did not respond.
Ooty priest faces 30 yrs jail per charge in US
New Delhi: Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul faces two counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old female parishioner in 2004 at a church in Greenbush,Minnesota,where he worked.Each charge carries a sentence of up to 30 years.Currently working in the office of the bishop of Ooty,he processes teacher appointments for church schools in Ooty.
According to the criminal complaint,the girl accused Jeyapaul of threatening to kill her family if she did not come into the rectory,where he then forced her to perform oral sex on him and groped her.
He is just staying in the bishops house,and he is helping me with the appointment of teachers, said Rev A Almaraj,bishop of Ooty.He says he is innocent,and these are only allegations. Almaraj emphasised that Jeyapaul was engaged only in paperwork,nothing to do with the children or anything.
Almaraj said the church had never discussed asking Jeyapaul to return to the US to appear in court.Foreign ministry officials were not available to discuss whether the US had asked for his extradition.The main group of clerical abuse victims in the US,Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests,has scheduled a news conference in St Paul,Minnesota,to draw attention to the case and demand he be suspended and returned to face justice in the US.
When the accusations against Jeyapaul first surfaced in 2005,the priest had returned home to visit his ailing mother and officials in Minnesotas Crookston diocese told him he should stay in India,Jeyapaul said.On December 21,2006,Monsignor Balke,the then bishop of the Crookston diocese,wrote about the accusations against Jeyapaul to Cardinal William Levada,prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Re: Paedophile priest now works in Ooty
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US seeks extradition of 'molestor' priest working in India
ST PAUL (US): Top officials at the Vatican were warned more than four years ago about a Catholic priest later charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota, according to newly released Vatican correspondence, but to this day he continues to work in his home diocese in India.
Prosecutors in Minnesota yesterday said they were trying to extradite the Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul. Jeyapaul denied the abuse allegations and said he has no plans to return to the United States to face the courts.
The Vatican yesterday said it has cooperated with US law enforcement officials working to extradite Jeyapaul. In a statement to The Associated Press, Vatican attorney Jeffrey Lena said the Holy See handed over the priest's address in India. He said the Vatican had recommended Jeyapaul be defrocked, because it believed the charges were serious enough, but that his local bishop in India refused.
The bishop, the Most Rev A Almaraj of the diocese of Ootacamund, said he had disciplined Jeyapaul by sending him to a monastery for prayer.
Jeyapaul was charged in Minnesota in 2007, more than a year after he returned to India. Officials in the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, had told him to stay there after allegations against him first surfaced.
Almaraj said Jeyapaul works in his office processing teacher appointments for a dozen church schools and does not work with children.
In a May 2006 letter to the Bishop Victor Balke of the Diocese of Crookston, Archbishop Angelo Amato wrote that Jeyapaul's bishop had been instructed to monitor him "so that he does not constitute a risk to minors and does not create scandal."
Amato was secretary to Cardinal William Levada,prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles all abuse cases. In subsequent letters, Balke warned both Levada and a top Vatican official in the US about Jeyapaul. "It is difficult for me to quantify the harm that this man has done to the dignity of the priesthood," Balke wrote to Levada on December 21, 2006.
The letters are among evidence against Jeyapaul provided to The Associated Press by Jeff Anderson, the attorney for Jeyapaul's accuser.
Jeyapaul is wanted in the US on two counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from accusations he assaulted a young, female parishioner in the fall of 2004 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, where he was working. Each charge carries a sentence of up to 30 years.
According to the criminal complaint, the teenage girl accused Jeyapaul of threatening to kill her family if she did not come into the rectory, where he then forced her to perform oral sex on him and groped her.
our media did not did sting operation against him..or they not showeing this news continously for days till u force to believe it...like what they do against religious priest from majority background !
Oh if they do then Our Great secularism will be hurted...... rascals